Thursday September 01, 2022

Court extends former Pakistan PM Imran Khan interim bail in terrorism case

Court extends former Pakistan PM Imran Khan interim bail in terrorism case

Imran Khan (centre) arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Thursday. AFP

Rlixa Report

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday granted bail to Imran Khan till September 12 on a surety bond of Rs100,000 in the terrorism case against him.

The hearing of the case had commenced around 10am but was adjourned till noon after the ATC had ordered the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief to appear before the court for his bail plea hearing.

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrived at the Islamabad ATC amid tight security and the proceedings commenced under Judge Raja Jawad Abbas, who ordered the prosecutor to grant the PTI chairman interim bail in the four new charges added to the first information report (FIR) in the case.


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Earlier, Khan was on Wednesday given an additional week to answer contempt of court charges brought against him for criticising a magistrate, officials from his party said.

The charge is another twist in months of political wrangling that began when Khan was ousted by a vote of no confidence in parliament in April.

Court extends former Pakistan PM Imran Khan interim bail in terrorism case
Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives at the Islamabad ATC amid tight security. AFP

The latest allegations stem from a speech he made criticising the magistrate responsible for keeping an official from his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in police custody, after also claiming the official had been tortured.

On Wednesday, a PTI official said Khan had been given a week to file a fresh reply to the court notice after an initial one was rejected, and that the case would be heard again on September 8.

A court order seen by AFP confirmed the ruling.

The country has a history of those in power using the police and courts to stifle their political opponents, and PM Sharif has several pending cases brought against him while in opposition.

The political fracas comes as Pakistan deals with devastating floods caused by record monsoon rains that have left a third of the country under water and affected more than 33 million people.

 

 

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